Pup-ular Dog Names & Breeds of 2023

2023 Press Release

November 29, 2023

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Pup-ular Dog Names & Breeds of 2023

It's the list you've been waiting fur all year:  the pup-ular dog names and breeds of 2023* based upon the licenses issued by the Ottawa County Treasurer's Office.

The most pup-ular dog names in Ottawa County for 2023 are:

  1. Luna
  2. Daisy
  3. Bella

The 2022 list included Charlie, who rolled over for Daisy to earn her spot for 2023.

Retrievers remain top dog among the leading breeds in Ottawa County, with Labradors edging out Goldens. The German Shepherd makes its mark by coming in third for 2023.

  1. Labrador Retriever
  2. Golden Retriever
  3. German Shepherd

Since the year 1919 Michigan law has required that dogs be licensed. Additionally, the law requires that to get a dog license, proof of a rabies vaccination by a veterinarian must be provided. Along with ensuring that pet owners keep rabies vaccinations up to date, dog licenses save time, money and emotional distress. If a dog is lost, the license will make the return of the pet simple. When a stray is picked up by animal control (or a friendly neighbor), a dog wearing its license will be returned to its owner quickly for a tail-wagging, slobbery reunion. Unlicensed dogs risk being brought to an animal shelter. The owner may face fines, redemption fees, boarding costs and vet bills. Pets who remain unidentified could be put up for adoption.

Dogs must be licensed at four months of age. In Ottawa County, dog licenses can be purchased at any time, but are issued to expire the month of the licensed dog's rabies vaccination. New licenses are available for either one or three years. Owners can purchase licenses through participating veterinarians, some units of government or online at www.miottawa.org/Dogs. 

More information about licensing dogs in Ottawa County is available on the https://www.miOttawa.org/Dogs or by calling 616-994-4501.

*Fiscal Year 10-1-2022 through 9-30-2023.


Media Contact

Amanda Price | Ottawa County Treasurer | 616-994-4501 | aprice@miOttawa.org